Proverbs 19:11 NET “A person’s wisdom makes him slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.”
Imagine the glorious moment when an athlete wins the Superbowl? Or the NBA championship? Or the Stanley Cup? Or the World Series? Or the glory of winning the Fifa World Cup? Now imagine yourself looking that triumphant to God and all His angels when you avoid arguments, when you overlook others that offend you, and when you obey God by choosing to forgive. Yep, these are our glorious moments to Almighty God.
It is counted as glorious to us when we don’t allow ourselves to fall into the anger traps of men. This pleases God very much. This is winning to Him. Having a meek and mild spirit; being slow to anger, makes us God’s Champions. Doesn’t it feel at times like we’re in a great contest of sorts? That’s because we are. Only this one is for an eternal crown, and it involves our souls:
1 Corinthians 9:24-27 NIV “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.  Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.  Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air.  No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.”
Proverbs 15:1 NET “A gentle response turns away anger, but a harsh word stirs up wrath.”
Instead of wanting to look tough in the eyes of others, instead of wanting to please men, we care to please God by giving gentle responses to angry people. Remember, when we do this we are glorious in God’s sight. We are winning! When we give in to anger we lose. Who would you rather receive glory from; who do you wonna please, God, or men? (Luke 16:15)
John 5:44 NIV “How can you believe since you accept glory from one another but do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?”
Romans 2:7 NIV “To those who by persistence in doing good SEEK GLORY, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life.”
We who seek glory that comes from the only God and not the approval of men are God’s champions. Angry people will not have the glorious pleasure of living in the presence of God forever. They are losers. I know, there are many mean spirited people out there who have amassed worldly success and call themselves winners. But at what cost?
Mark 8:36 KJV “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”
All of man’s worldly achievements have an expiration date attached to them. What do you gain if you live for a few years or 80 or 100 years in luxury, but after that you die and must spend ETERNITY IN POVERTY, and the lake of fire? What smart businessperson would make such a trade? Would you trade a trillion dollars for $80.00, or $100.00? Are we not just as stupid to throw away eternal life to live in luxury for a little while here?
Matthew 6:24 NET “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”
WE ARE GOD’S CHAMPIONS
By our faith in Jesus Christ alone we have already triumphed over Satan and his world. GLORIOUS is what God sees when He looks at us:
1 John 5:4 NET “Because everyone who has been fathered by God conquers the world. This is the conquering power that has conquered the world: our faith. 5:5 Now who is the person who has conquered the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?”
1 John 2:13 NET “I am writing to you, fathers, that you have known him who has been from the beginning. I am writing to you, young people, that you have conquered the evil one. 2:14 I have written to you, children, that you have known the Father. I have written to you, fathers, that you have known him who has been from the beginning. I have written to you, young people, that you are strong, and the word of God resides in you, and you have conquered the evil one.”
Did you notice the, “ed,” at the end of the word, “Conquered,” in these passages? That’s right, it’s past tense. It’s already happened. GOD SAYS you have ALREADY CONQUERED this world, and the god of this world; the evil one, Satan the Devil. (1 John 5:19 John 14:30) That’s right, that’s what He said. AWESOME!!! Let’s not get it twisted though. Let’s not get puffed up with pride because of this fact. Remember:
1 Corinthians 10:12 NET “So let the one who thinks he is standing be careful that he does not fall.”
Philippians 2:12-13 KJV “Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.  For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.”
It is God who gives us the power to be victorious. It is God who drew us to His son Jesus Christ and made us His champions. It is God, it is God, it is God!!! Never forget this. We must remind ourselves of it constantly. If we forget that IT IS GOD who makes us victorious Satan will get a hold of us through pride, and eat us for lunch. Remember, it was pride that destroyed him.
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